How does the Los Angeles Superior Court handle traffic tickets?


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Although the Los Angeles Superior Court does not handle ordinary parking tickets, it does handle other driving violations, such as infractions, misdemeanors and other serious cases, notes the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. For example, the Criminal Division of Los Angeles' Superior Court takes care of more grievous driving violations.

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Most parking tickets issued for reasons such as parking inappropriately or in a prohibited area do not require an appearance in the Los Angeles Superior Court's Traffic Division. Parking violation tickets are taken care of by either the city in which the ticket was issued or by the Los Angeles Parking Violation Bureau, as noted by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

The Superior Court can handle driving violations that are infractions, which can include driving too fast, going through a red light and driving with an expired driver's license. These types of violations are filed with this court and handled by its Traffic Division. For traffic violations such as speeding, drivers may not need to appear in court if they plead guilty or no contest to the charge and pay the fine, as noted by California's Department of Motor Vehicles. If a driver chooses to fight the violation ticket, then he may have to appear in court.

A misdemeanor violation, which is handled by the Criminal Division of this court, can include driving with a suspended license or without one. A misdemeanor citation is a serious offense that can result in having to pay a significant fine and possible imprisonment. The Criminal Division also processes more serious cases, such as driving while intoxicated or a hit and run.

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